The Korogocho slum holds around 150,000 people living in an area less than one-square mile. At every turn, they struggle against the destitution that plagues the slum. Crime rates are high. Food is often scarce. Indoor plumbing is non-existent, and sewage systems are poor at best.

Despite these realities, the people of “Koch” often find solace in the network of friends, family and neighbors that surround them. While bellies may not always be full, people find help through that interdependence. I hope this photo gallery gives you a glimpse into their lives, both good and bad.

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About the Author: Stephen Crane is a year-long fellow with World Next Door. He has a bachelor's degree in theology from Calvin College and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. He has a passion for overlooked places and people and would snowboard at all times if it were possible!

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  1. Jim.M said... 


    August 10th, 2011 at 7:33 am  

    Unimaginable without the video. The silence, and the sound of birds along with the smiles of the children were an incredible contrast to the surrounding poverty. We just saw 9 min of your last two months, Stephen thank you for all of your insight.

  2. Ceri said... 


    August 11th, 2011 at 1:39 pm  

    The video is a great way for those who may never step into the slum that you walked & worked in for 2 months! I love the toddler boy at 5:32 who’s seated by the path like a little wise man waiting for his day to start – too cute!
    I like the fact that we can also verify what time Ruth, clinic manager, clocked into work that day :)
    Seeing it this way, the korogocho residents live next to, on top of & surrounded by so much dirt…
    All in all; it still feels like home. Thanks Steve

  3. Roxi Scully said... 


    August 11th, 2011 at 10:53 pm  

    Stephen, thanks for sharing your daily walk thru Korogocho. The smiles on the children were in sharp contrast to the sights and sounds of their living conditions. Your guide/bodyguard seemed so happy and carefree. The people of Korogocho have so little but you would never know it by their smiles and positive vibes. We could learn so much from them.

  4. Darla said... 


    August 13th, 2011 at 7:54 am  

    Thank you, Stephen, for blessing us with your photos and words… for sharing and showing us God’s children with hope in circumstances we could never imagine as “normal.” I appreciate and love your heart for Jesus!

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